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|Successes, shortcomings of commission|
The Louisiana Streamlining Government Commission, of which I am a member, has made 238 recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor in the first phase of its work to restructure and reduce the cost of state government.
Several of the Commission's recommendations have particular merit and deserve the support of the Legislature and the Governor.
Proposals that should be implemented immediately include recommendations to sunset and start over with statutory dedications; make roads the top capital outlay priority; reduce the number of Civil Service job classifications; manage budget shortfalls without raising taxes; collect overdue money owed the state; provide tax credits to attend private schools so students in failing public schools have a choice in education; implement the LaHIPP and the Baby Bill programs to save money on Medicaid; require co-pays for taxpayer-funded E.R. visits; maximize Medicare teaching dollars; practice student-based budgeting; offer GED opportunities to reduce prisoner recidivism; enroll potential dropouts in Youth Challenge or Jobs for America's Graduates; and require state agencies to have no more than one manager per 10 employees.
For the full column, see Page 6B of this week's Citizen.
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John Kennedy serves as treasurer of Louisiana.